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Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949

May 05, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949

Thomas Boghardt
U.S. ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY

As the Third Reich collapsed, Soviet forces moved deep into Central Europe, and the United States had to adjust rapidly to the new political landscape.  The intelligence services of the U.S. Army assumed a key role in informing Washington national security policy toward Europe during this critical period.  This presentation discusses the early Cold War operations of U.S. Army intelligence as it sought to apprehend war criminals, suppress Nazi subversion, contain communism, and monitor the Red Army.

Dr. Thomas Boghardt is a senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, where he focuses on U.S. military intelligence operations in postwar Europe. Prior to this, he served as the historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and as a Thyssen fellow at Georgetown University. Dr. Boghardt is the author of several books, including The Zimmermann Telegram (2012) and Spies of the Kaiser (2005).  He received his Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Oxford.

Monday May 5, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop

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The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly during the academic year. See www.nationalhistorycenter.org for the schedule, speakers, topics, and dates as well as webcasts and podcasts. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for its support.

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